ROBERT & SHANA PARKEHARRISON

Robert (*1968, Fort Leonard Wood, USA) and Shana ParkeHarrison (*1964, Tulsa, USA) produce deliberately artificial photographs with a great narrative density in a sepia tone which is reminiscent of the early days of photography. Viewing their works may spontaneously remind us of Georges Méliès’s film Le Voyage dans la lune (1902), made almost 100 years earlier, although Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have transformed its visionary optimism into occasionally apocalyptic metaphors. In their photographs a human being (representing ‘humankind’) is always shown attempting to tame the forces of nature in the midst of lifeless, dust-dry expanses. The dreamlike, amusing and highly detailed scenes are imbued with the ecological scepticism of the post-industrial era. At the same time, the two artists’ photographs open up poetic insights into their own, strange world. 

Marks We Make

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Marks We Make, 2005
Photoengraving
78 x 68 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2011
© Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Courtesy the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

Suspended Field

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Suspended Field, 2000
Digital print, black & white on board, acrylic, varnish
104,4 x 135,5 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2011
© Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Courtesy the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

The Navigator

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
The Navigator, 2001
Photoengraving
66 x 76 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2011
© Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Courtesy the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY